April is National Poetry Month

Posted on April 16, 2020

by Pam Okosun

April is National Poetry Month, and we’re celebrating in a new way during these unprecedented times. This year millions of readers are turning to poetry to find comfort, strength, and inspiration in the power of verse. Here are some ideas to participate.

The Academy of American Poets is offering Poem-a-Day. Receive a new, previously unpublished poem daily in your inbox and discover some of today’s talented poets. Learn more at Poets.org.

Or maybe you’d like to participate in this year’s new online initiative, Shelter in Poems, where readers share poems that “help to find courage, solace, and actionable energy” as we shelter in place.

This is also a great time to introduce kids to poetry. We’ve got you covered whether you’re looking for something short or funny and maybe something that rhymes. Here’s a recommended list of poetry resources for kids available for free online through BookRiot.

Love to listen? Hear Leanne O’Sullivan’s poem “Leaving Early” in gratitude for health care workers here.

When you’re ready for more, check out an eBook or eAudiobook of poetry from the library’s OverDrive collection.

Pam Okosun

Pam Okosun

Pam is a Community Engagement Librarian. She teaches library classes, plans programs, helps customers learn new technologies, and loves to discover what people are curious about. Outside the library, you might find her crocheting, playing the piano, or flying with her pilot husband.
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